As wildfires continue to rage in California, a future with fewer forests is very real, according to findings from a new study on the resilience of Rocky Mountain forests
Earth & Environment
The "third rock from the Sun"—Earth. With an orbit neither too close nor too far from the Sun, it occupies a unique position in the Solar System. It's the only planet known to man with the right conditions for the origin and evolution of life. During Earth's 4.5 billion-year history, a combination of processes has transformed it into a watery blue, living planet. The Earth's ecosystems involve complex interactions between the biological (living) and physical (non-living) worlds. Scientific research helps us comprehend our effects on the environment and how the environment in turn responds to impacts of our activities.
Preliminary research by a University of California, Davis, animal scientist shows that some polar fish have been able to acclimate to warm water or to higher levels of carbon dioxide, but not to both.
Researchers have discovered that climate change, warmer temperatures and earlier snow melt are causing flowers to bloom earlier, affecting bumblebees
As University of Washington scientists report, an unseasonably warm, dry summer in 2015 caused reassembly among subalpine wildflower communities
What do strong, durable, highly conductive nanomaterials have to do with cutting fossil fuel consumption and conserving energy?
A surprising find in a Dutch Harbor, Unalaska, midden has led archaeologist Catherine West to study ancient climate change adaptation on the Aleutian Island
A new reaction mechanism could be used to improve catalyst designs for pollution-control systems for diesel exhaust
National Science Foundation-funded paleontologists have identified a new species of titanosaurian dinosaur
Oregon State University scientists and a team of others have discovered that plastic marine debris played a key role in transporting non-native species after the March 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami.
Engineers at Washington University in St. Louis create scaled down forest fires inside the lab to better understand one of the world's most dangerous natural disasters
With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), engineers are designing and testing buildings to be more resilient to earthquakes and other seismic events
A National Science Foundation-funded team led by Ohio University discover a new species of meat-eating mammal.
This is a new type of pipe that can stretch, bend and compress. It's supposed to withstand huge disasters, such as earthquakes and floods
The ferroelectret nanogenerator (FENG) device, an ultra-thin magnetic polymer film developed by Nelson Sepúlveda, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Michigan State University, is able to capture the energy generated through movement
People of color, on average, were consistently exposed to more air pollution than their white non-Hispanic counterparts from 2000 to 2010
New research is calling for immediate safeguards and study of cured-in-place pipe repair, or CIPP, a widely used method for repairing sewer, stormwater and drinking water pipes
This technology would enable communities to produce their own water filters using biomass nanofibers
When the water along Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay is thick and green, it may be a bad day for a swim, but it's an excellent day for University of Rhode Island marine ecologist Carol Thornber
National Science Foundation-funded researcher Robin Murphy, director of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue, discusses the use of small, unmanned aerial vehicles in supporting disaster response in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey
DNA analysis reveals "kingpin" genes, master regulators in networks of genes that take up the nitrogen in fertilizer